June 9th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain campaign: We'll win where Clinton did

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/09/art.davisvideo.cnn.jpg caption="A new McCain strategy video stressing the Republican’s strong position heading into the fall."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - McCain campaign manager Rick Davis posted a 14-minute “strategy briefing” on the presumptive Republican nominee’s official Web site over the weekend that concedes the GOP faces one of the most unwelcoming election environments in history - but claims that John McCain is still in a strong position, due in part to a strategy of appealing to areas dominated by Hillary Clinton during the primary season.

Top on the campaign’s list of targets: southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio, which backed Clinton over Barack Obama by hefty double-digit margins. Clinton won both contests.

Davis says that McCain will be able to compete with Obama in major Midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin – and that McCain’s association with Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will put Connecticut in play. He also tells observers to “Watch California!”

McCain’s personal favorability ratings are "the highest for any official running for office today," claims Davis – and far surpass Obama’s.

Davis says the general election fight has been too close to call for months, according to Gallup polls. The two candidates split independents, and McCain pulls in a larger share of Republicans than Obama does Democrats.

Unfortunately for McCain, Obama’s numbers, gathered during a heated Democratic primary season, are likely to improve in the coming weeks. And this year, there are far more Democrats than Republicans, making McCain’s current edge among the party faithful far less significant.

“The GOP brand troubles have created a larger group of independent votes that we need to appeal to this election cycle than normal. No longer can a Republican candidate run by just running up the score with the base,” says Davis.

But he adds that the presumptive Republican nominee outperforms his own party’s generic ballot by double digits nationwide, as well as in areas like the border southwest – including the Arizona senator’s home base – and in the crucial swing state of Florida.

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  1. Debbi

    Just saw the commercial for John McCain where he states that he hates war.

    Hmmmmm...... Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran to the tune of the Beach Boy's, Barbara Ann. I bet he forgot about THAT one. (Probably wants us to forget too.)

    June 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. MB

    Apparently these Obama Democrats are:

    A) Not very old


    B) Have not studied American History very well.

    California was consistently Republican until 1992. It changed because a moderate, independent Democrat for Hope Arkansas was on the ticket. Do you really think it's that hard to believe it won't go back there, or do you really think that all of California shares the far, far left liberal theology that San Francisco seems to pride itself on.

    DO SOME RESEARCH PEOPLE, And Obamacans, lay off the pipe and stop wasting your parents money.

    June 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Nikole

    SHE IS STILL THE BEST-–What you DON'T get is that Hillary Clinton is no longer in this race. It is Obama vs. McCain.

    It’s time to move on! I am voting Obama this fall b/c he had the foresight to realize the problems that would arise from invading Iraq. And he understands that many military families like mine, have had enough of this war.

    June 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. ???

    Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter
    June 9th, 2008 12:57 pm ET

    "I vote for experience, sensitivity and knowledge when it comes to foreign affairs. I wish McCain would back farther away from Bush, but it's only the beginning of the campaign.

    I vote against sexism and racism, whether it's from Obama himself, his surrogates or the DNC.

    I have no need to characterize myself as a REAL Democrat or a Democrat FIRST. Who cares?

    McCain is honest, sincere, EXPERIENCED IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS. He is not a racist. He is not a sexist.

    I and millions of Clinton supporters like me will vote with our feet in November! Our attention span far exceeds 6 months.

    CNN says the history is that in a small number of voters actually follow through on such claims. That is probably true. It is also true that this raise is so very close that all McCain needs to win are those defectors. This is no landslide, folks. 1-5% is all it's going to take. Even the DNC knows that."

    McCain isn't sexist? I admire and respect the man, but didn't he call his wife the C word?

    June 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. ripped off democrat

    Clinton won the popular vote, yet the superdelegates took the election from her and gave it to Obama. Lets send a message to Dean in November that this won't be tolerated!

    McCAIN '08!

    CLINTON 2012 & 2016!!!

    June 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Marty

    Clifornia for anyone but Obummer.

    June 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    Democratic voters selected Hillary Clinton as their nominee for ‘08. But the corrupt DNC appointed their own nominee.

    The Democratic voters do not find the DNC choice acceptable, and are appalled that our votes were not considered.

    June 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Sabrina

    I do not not have a lot of time on my hands, Stan, but as a american I do have freedom of speech. Have voted DEM. the last 16 years but not this time. Being I have a mind of my own and have not drank the Obama cool-aide I will vote my second choice McCain. McClinton08 Live with it.

    June 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Nikole

    I want to give a special thank you to all of the HRC supporter voting McCain for proving Sen. Obama right. When Sen. Obama made his famous "bitter" comments he was talking about how people vote against their best interests b/c they are bitter. Instead, they vote on issues like guns, religion etc. And now we have Clinton supporters that are voting against thier best interests b/c they are bitter about their candidate losing!

    June 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. let her supporters have msame they were fake repub anyway

    Yeah let her supporters continue with those crazy remarks about voting for mcsame guess what democrat those where the ones that rush sent out anyway they cast their vote but they did not send money to help her. there is no way with all the supporters she had for her to be in debt. think people rush told them to vote for her because mcsame had the nod already so when they tell that they are former hill supporters they are lying they were part of this mess and this is why she is in so much debt because her campaing did no factor in what the republicans did they thought these votes were true dempcrats when the were true repubs so lets not take seriously what her former repub voters post out here they are fake

    June 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    You want to dream again. But dreams begin not because of our vaporous hopes, or desire to follow others. Dreams are solely the hope of your own soul, acting in concert with reason as well as patience and hard work. No one can take you to the mountaintop, and especially those like Mr. Obama, who has not been there himself.

    He needs you, more than you need him … to get to that bigger house he desires.

    June 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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